• Glenn Wilson
    July 25, 2019
    Farewell Officers Vargas and Villegas
    San Miguel Police Officers José Villegas and Valentín Vargas were shot to death yesterday by armed civilians on Avenida Independencia. Today, friends, family, and colleagues gathered at the C4 Center for a farewell.

    Flowers crowns decorated the space, and photos of the officers were displayed. Two cars transported the coffins and then placed them on the designated area. Flags were draped over their coffins, and later were given to the families.

    After the ceremony, Valentin’s body was taken to his wake in the community of Salitrillo, and Villegas’ to Manantiales.
    Farewell Officers Vargas and Villegas

    RIP police officers Valentín Ramírez and José Reyes
    The San Miguel Times sends its deepest condolences to the relatives and friends of the two San Miguel police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty on Tuesday July 23rd.

    They were known throughout the community as honest and kind citizens.

    Rest in Peace officers Valentín Ramírez and José Reyes.
    RIP police officers Valentín Ramírez and José Reyes

    They pay tribute to dismiss fallen police in the line of duty
    Municipal authorities headed a posthumous tribute in honor of the fallen officers on the afternoon of July 23 in compliance with their duty. The families of José Reyes Villegas and Valentín Vargas were present at the event.

    The mayor, Luis Alberto Villarreal García led the honor guard accompanied by General Rolando Hidalgo Eddy.

    First a police officer took the floor, who, in a broken voice, said goodbye to his partner Valentin ...
    They pay tribute to dismiss fallen police in the line of duty (sp)

    Ensures municipality will provide support to the families of the murdered police
    Municipal authorities of San Miguel de Allende will fully support the families of the fallen Police in compliance with their duty, as indicated in a statement.

    The Municipal Government of San Miguel de Allende endorses its full support with the families of the fallen companions in fulfillment of their duty.

    The wife of the First Valentin Police Officer Vargas Ramírez will receive 100 percent of her salary and her three daughters of 18 years, 12 years and 7 years will have educational scholarships for the upper and upper middle level through the agreements that the Municipality, from 50 to 100 percent of enrollment and tuition fees. ...
    Ensures municipality will provide support to the families of the murdered police (sp)

    The bullets broke the family of police officer Valentín and the dream of being a lawyer for J. Reyes
    Today the San Miguel de Allende Police is in mourning. Today at C4, the Intelligence Center from where they observe what is happening in the municipality, the elements Valentín Vargas and José Reyes Villegas arrived to say goodbye to the place that was for a decade ...
    The bullets broke the family of police officer Valentín and the dream of being a lawyer for J. Reyes (sp)

    They will support with scholarships, pension and salary to family of the police officers Valentín and J. Reyes
    Scholarships, salary and pension for families are the supports that the three daughters and wife of the Valentín element will receive as well as the mother of the young policeman José Reyes. The wife of Police First Valentin Vargas Ramírez will receive 100 percent of his salary and his three daughters of 18 years, 12 ...
    They will support with scholarships, pension and salary to family of the police officers Valentín and J. Reyes (sp)

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  • Glenn Wilson
    July 24, 2019
    Pati Jinch: ... So it was a great surprise when I walked in. And it was so exciting for me to see how they have made my recipes their own and are now part of their weekly meals. They had invited their family and friends and were making my Cali-Baja Fish Tacos and my Queso Fundido with homemade chorizo from Ramon’s brother. I cannot even begin to tell you how delicious that chorizo was!

    In return for them welcoming us into their home and feeding me and my team, well, drinks were on me! I decided come up with a new drink to share with them, a Melon Basil Margarita. It has the fresh taste of the basil, the sweet from the honeydew melon, and the tangy lime juice you crave in a margarita. ...

    I loved that Melon Basil Margarita so much, I’m sharing it with all of you right here. I hope you’ll grab some tequila and give it a try.
    Continue reading for the Melon Basil Margarita recipe: Pati Jinch Melon Basil Margarita.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    July 22, 2019
    Brief Update Sept 1, 2019 appears in the comments.

    January - June 2019:
    • Mexico Crime Report,
    • Murders in Mexico surge to record,
    • Homicides continue their upward trend,
    • Number of high-power weapons used in crimes increased,
    • Officially 50 homicides in SMA,
    • Five U.S. Citizens Murdered in SMA (in 15 years),
    • Most Violent Municipios,
    • Staggering Violence Statistics,
    • Stratfor: Murder in Mexico in 2019: A Midyear Checkup,
    • Is the Jalisco Cartel Winning the Battle for Mexico’s Caribbean?,
    • Gang leader still on the run but officials say he has no resources left,
    • Firearms from US used in 7 out of 10 high-impact crimes and rising.

    Mexico Crime Report
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    Interactive infographics with Mexico Crime data is available at this website.
    Mexico Crime Report

    Murders in Mexico surge to record in first half of 2019
    There were 14,603 murders from January to June, versus the 13,985 homicides registered in the first six months of 2018, according to data posted over the weekend on the website of Mexico’s national public security office.

    Mexico is on course to surpass the 29,111 murders of last year, an all-time high.

    For years Mexico has struggled with violence as consecutive governments battled brutal drug cartels, often by taking out their leaders. That has resulted in the fragmentation of gangs and increasingly vicious internecine fighting.
    Murders in Mexico surge to record in first half of 2019

    Homicides continue their upward trend: January to June was the worst ever
    In per-capita terms, Colima led in the first half of the year. The small Pacific coast state recorded 40.7 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants between January and June, 3.5 times higher than the national rate of 11.6.

    Baja California was next, with a murder rate of 34.1 per 100,000 followed by Chihuahua, 27.6; Guanajuato, 23.1; and Morelos, 22.7.

    However, in terms of sheer numbers, Guanajuato was the most violent state during the first six months with a total of 1,383 homicide cases.
    Homicides continue their upward trend: January to June was the worst ever

    In 2019, the number of high-power weapons used in crimes has increased
    The Ministry of National Defense and the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic have so far detected in 2019 an increase in the number of weapons used in different criminal acts. The biggest increase has been in assault weapons, with 122 percent; in automatic rifles, 63 percent; in small arms and rifles, 9 percent, respectively.

    The above was announced by the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, during the morning conference of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

    The chancellor said that he has already asked the United States government “ to organize an operation, of course in its territory, us in ours, because going through weapons from the United States to Mexico is illegal, in the United States it is not, but in Mexico yes."
    In 2019, the number of high-power weapons used in crimes has increased (sp)

    Officially 50 homicides
    From January to June, 44 homicides with firearms have occurred, mainly these events have been direct attacks against specific targets.

    Two people were killed with a white weapon, one in the month of March and another in the month of April, in addition 3 homicides were reported with “other elements” and a feminicide, that of Francisca, a young university student disappeared in Celaya and located lifeless in The surroundings of the La Esmeralda fractionation, according to the Prosecutor’s report, death was caused by “another element”.
    Officially, the prosecution reports 50 homicides in the first half of the year (sp)

    Five U.S. Citizens Murdered in San Miguel de Allende (in 15 years)
    Approximately 64 murders occurred in SMA in the first six months of this year. That works out to an annual rate of about 75 per 100,000 (64*2 / 1.7).
    Five U.S. Citizens Murdered in San Miguel de Allende

    Most Violent Municipios from January 2019 to June 2019
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    San Miguel de Allende is ranked 38th by murder rate in Mexico as reported for the January - June timeframe at 56.3 intentional homicides per 100,000. San Miguel de Allende is 11th within the state of Guanajuato out of 46 municipalities. There are reports that SMA is the 3rd most violent or dangerous city in Guanajuato and all of those reports seem to trace back to a story in El Universal that is no longer on their website.

    Click through for the full infographic. We calculated 75 per 100,000 using the "unofficial" murder rate from the More Security in San Miguel de Allende Facebook group; see Five U.S. Citizens Murdered in San Miguel de Allende (in 15 years) above.
    Most Violent Municipios from January 2019 to June 2019

    Staggering Violence Statistics
    First half of 2019 leaves new homicide record; the violence increase in 4 years already exceeds 70%; with almost 20,600 people killed; the daily average rose for the second consecutive year. June and February 2019, were the most violent months in 22 years.

    Mexico reaches the middle of 2019 at unprecedented levels of violence. In June, 3,080 new cases of murdered persons were counted , which added to those of the previous months yields a total of 17, 608 victims of homicide and feminicide in the first half of the year. This is a rate of almost 14 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, a new record in at least 22 years.

    In fact, the number of victims of homicide and feminicide recorded in June 2019 represented a daily average of 102.6 murders per day, almost tying to that of February, which was 102.7 murders per day. They are the two months with the highest level of homicidal violence in history, both registered this year, and in the current sexennium.
    First Half of 2019 = Staggering Violence Statistics

    Update July 26, 2019. Adding:
    Stratfor: Murder in Mexico in 2019: A Midyear Checkup
    One commonality we are observing across Mexico is that the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) is playing a role in nearly every part of the country experiencing elevated violence, either directly or indirectly. ...

    The Mexican government has launched an aggressive nationwide operation to stem fuel theft in the country... While these efforts have reduced the problem, they have done little to quell the violence in Guanajuato state.

    Several cartels are active in Guanajuato, including remnants of Los Zetas, but the main catalyst of the violence there is the struggle between the CJNG and a regional organized crime group known as the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel led by Jose Antonio Yepez Ortiz (aka "El Marro".) Yepez Ortiz and his organization are fighting hard to keep the CJNG at bay, but the CJNG keeps sending forces into the state. The result has been sustained bloodshed.

    Murder in Mexico in 2019: A Midyear Checkup (Register for limited free article access.)
    For additional background, also see:
    Mexico’s Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel Risks Burning Too Bright, Too Fast
    Jalisco Cartel New Generation (CJNG)

    Is the Jalisco Cartel Winning the Battle for Mexico’s Caribbean?
    Winning control of Chetumal would be a significant achievement for the CJNG. After expanding rapidly in recent years across at least 20 Mexican states, the group’s evolution has slowed due to a number of arrests of important members, infighting within the group, an ongoing war with the Sinaloa Cartel — as well as other smaller groups like the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel — and authorities’ focus on capturing their leader, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, alias “El Mencho.” ...

    As InSight Crime detailed in a 2019 investigation into Mexico’s role in the deadly rise of fentanyl, the CJNG is one of the “most important Mexican purveyors of the drug and its precursors” along with the Sinaloa Cartel.

    Is the Jalisco Cartel Winning the Battle for Mexico’s Caribbean?

    Gang leader still on the run but officials say he has no resources left
    The leader of a fuel theft gang believed to be responsible for much of the violence plaguing Guanajuato remains on the run but he has no resources to fund his criminal activities, according to federal and state authorities.

    Government sources told the newspaper Milenio that the bank accounts of Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel leader José Antonio “El Marro” Yépez Ortiz are frozen, undermining his capacity to bribe authorities, pay other gang members and buy the loyalty of people in different parts of the state.

    Mexico News Daily Gang leader still on the run but officials say he has no resources left
    Also see (non paywall version): “El Marro's” Assets Frozen, Cartel Santa Rosa de Lima Crippled

    Firearms from US used in 7 out of 10 high-impact crimes and rising
    An estimated 200,000 guns are smuggled into Mexico every year.

    Firearms from the United States are used in seven out of every 10 high-impact crimes committed in Mexico, according to the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs (SRE).

    The SRE said in a briefing note that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), a federal law enforcement organization within the United States Department of Justice, has confirmed that most guns seized by Mexican authorities come from north of the border.
    Firearms from US used in 7 out of 10 high-impact crimes and rising
    See also: US weapons, involved in 7 out of 10 high-impact crimes in Mexico: SRE
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  • Glenn Wilson
    July 22, 2019

    The culinary applications are myriad; the smoky, earthy flavor makes a good accompaniment to fat in cheese and meats like chorizo. It can be sautéed simply with onions, epazote (a cilantro-like herb), and chilies, and the resulting inky mixture enriches everything from tacos to tamales to omelets. Most commonly, it is folded into a quesadilla with melted cheese and topped with salsas. Huitlacoche quesadillas are available all over central and southern Mexico from the griddles of street carts, restaurants, and municipal markets.

    In recent years, due to Mexican immigration and epicurean demand (as well as clever rebranding—some menus describe it as “Mexican truffles”), huitlacoche has become widely available in its native home and abroad. Its status as a much sought-after delicacy remains a testament to the culinary ingenuity of the Aztecs: A scourge on their staple crop was also a blessing in disguise.

    Huitlacoche The Mexican fungal delicacy that makes corn taste like a mushroom.


    Despite its unattractive appearance, the Huitlacoche has been consumed from the cultures that inhabited Mesoamerica to the current indigenous and Mexican peasants for being easy to find and cook, although it is said that its use Culinary was more marked from the twentieth century. In rainy season in Mexico, between July and September it is common to find it in tianguis and popular markets.

    The Mexican truffle has a name, it's called huitlacoche (sp)

    A simple Mexican-style succotash can be made from chorizo, onions, garlic, serrano peppers, huitlacoche, and shrimp with salsa taquera. The mild, earthy flavors of the huitlacoche blend nicely with the fats of the chorizo and bond to mellow out the heat from the peppers and salsa.

    Another Mayan favorite on the Riviera Maya (Cancun to Tulum ) is to add huitlacoche to omelettes. Once again, its earthy flavors bond with the fats that cook the eggs to mellow the flavors into a truffle-like taste.

    An important thing to note about huitlacoche is that the blueish color transforms into the recognizable black color only with heat. Any dish with huitlacoche must include a slow simmer of the fungus until it becomes black which also removes most of the starch of the corn and what is left is a black oily paste.

    Wikipedia: Corn Smut

    Mexican truffle? You’ve never heard of it? Well, neither had Don Day until about ten years ago. Mexican truffle is one of the names it’s known by. To North American corn growers who are afraid of it infecting their plants, it’s mostly known as smut. And to Mexicans, who appreciate it’s delightful flavor, it’s a delicacy known as huitlacoche. ...

    Because I’ve always enjoyed smut, Don Day should have known he would be very fond of huitlacoche.

    Don Day: There’s a fungus among us. In San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    July 19, 2019
    I ordered two Veggie Burritos (no cheese) with guacamole from Taco Lab via ComiDomi. Each one arrived packed in a box with limes and some pickled vegetables.

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    Separately, there were three small containers of salsa: green, yellow and red. I thought: Go, Caution and Stop.

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    Actually, none of the salsas were real hot. The green salsa was fairly mild and creamy and reminds me of this Green salsa guacamole style WITHOUT avocado, taqueria trick!

    The yellow salsa was creamy and sweet and medium hot. From tasting and googling I think it is based on tamarind and habanero chili peppers.

    The red salsa was medium hot and tomato and roasted pepper based (I think).

    All three were excellent. What I did not use with the burritos I saved for later.

    The burritos were still quite warm. They were large and well constructed. The wheat tortilla was soft and flexible but strong. I was able to unroll a bit, add some salsa, re-roll and eat them and they stayed intact. The filling of rice, beans, pico de gallo, veggies and guacamole was delicious. One is a meal. I was not able to finish them both in one sitting.

    The pickled veggies were a nice accompaniment.

    I would definitely get the Veggie Burrito again via ComiDomi or at Taco Lab.

    I previously recounted using ComiDomi with Birdie's Burgers. This experience was about the same for the ComiDomi part. The food took 42 minutes to arrive in upper Colonia San Rafael and was still very warm.

    Google Maps | Trip Advisor | Website | Menu | ComiDomi

    Don Day: The Restaurant’s chef to open Tacolicious Taco Lab in San Miguel de Allende.
    Don Day: The single best taco in all of San Miguel.

    Open every day 10 am - 10 pm

    Relox 18, Centro. San Miguel de Allende, Gto. MX
    Inside Doce 18 Concept House

    (415) 154 8317



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  • Glenn Wilson
    July 19, 2019
    TOSMA: Tianguis Orgánico San Miguel de Allende.

    Anagha: When I shared that I was going to San Miguel de Allende, my friend Susie told me about this organic market that’s held every Saturday, so the first thing on the agenda was just that.


    There was a stall that was selling the legit local food, fresh corn tortillas cooked on the comal, stuffed with your choice of filling. Fresh tortillas were being made with such amazing skill that one could not [help but] stop and watch it, it was very therapeutic. The fillings ranged from some classics like nopal, pumpkin flowers to some garbanzo, pork stew and so much more. I was salivating just looking at it.

    There were some fantastic products for sale. Mexican Vanilla, cinnamon and even some spice mixes like Mole etc. It was just incredible to see so many complex flavors of spices combined beautifully in a paste ready to use. I also picked up some of the vanilla beans, can’t wait to cook with it. The cinnamon you get here is different from the Cylon variety.


    Read the whole thing, view the pics and video at The Saffron Touch TOSMA or Mercado Sano.

    TOSMA farmer 's market is a point of marketing, social coexistence, education and food tasting is held every Saturday, this being the place where you can find the products, goods and services that the different members of the organization generates.

    TOSMA farmers ' market is an organization that seeks to promote and develop a culture of production in harmony with the environment, so that brings together individuals and organizations engaged in the production, harvesting and food processing, handicrafts and household agricultural not environmentally and in their production processes guaranteed and exercised human and animal rights.

    About TOSMA

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    The TOSMA market is located outside at Mercado Sano. Hours are for TOSMA.
    Sat 9 am - 4 pm

    Ancha de San Antonio 123, Zona Centro,
    37750 San Miguel de Allende, Gto.

    (415) 152 2469

    Mercado Sano is open seven days per week.
    Sun 9 am - 5 pm
    Mon - Sat 9 am - 7 pm
    (415) 152 7911


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  • Glenn Wilson
    July 18, 2019
    Anagha: After breakfast, we decided to go back to Mercado Ignacio Ramirez.


    Ignacio Ramirez was a famous poet from Mexico and this market is named after him. When you walk past the cathedral and the gardens and navigate through some busy areas, you come to this market. There were some celebrations happening at the cathedral so I decided to not go inside. There were some vendors selling small craft items, young kids were also helping their parents, but I decided to keep focus on the market :), I get distracted very easily.



    This place is full of all kinds of things, fresh fruits and vegetables, groceries like beans and rice, flowers, shoes, clothes and so much more.

    Continue reading at The Saffron Touch Mercado Ignacio Ramirez.

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    Sun 8 am - 6 pm
    Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 8:30 pm

    Colegio, Zona Centro,
    37700 San Miguel de Allende, Gto.

    (415) 154 4011

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  • Glenn Wilson
    July 16, 2019
    Pasta, cheese and tomato sauce in appetizer size mini rolls. And the video just looks fun!


    Well, this fun recipe uses probably two of the best known ingredients from Italian cuisine to create the perfect party snack. So what are you waiting for?



    Written recipe: Mini Tomato Mozzarella Rolls

    There are two versions of the recipe above: the first video bakes the rolls and the second version deep fries the rolls.

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  • Glenn Wilson
    July 16, 2019
    I had heard about Juan's Cafe some time ago. "A nice coffee shop and restaurant across from the Biblioteca." I know where La Biblioteca is and I've been there or passed by on Insurgentes a number of times. I would often remember to keep an eye out for Juan's. But I never saw it.

    La Biblioteca is on a corner. The front faces Insurgentes and the side faces Reloj. Juan's Cafe is on Reloj across from La Biblioteca. Reloj, not Insurgentes. Armed with that bit of information it is pretty easy to find.

    They have a breakfast special for $115 pesos that includes your choice of various egg dishes, plus a small fruit plate, small orange juice and coffee. Here are some of their other menu items:

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    There is also a more extensive printed menu.

    I asked if they had anything vegan and they suggested refried beans, breakfast potatoes and vegetables. I got the "special" version so it included the fruit plate, orange juice and coffee. And a choice of bread or tortillas.

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    I went with the tortillas. After I ordered, another table's bread order passed by my table. The bread looked and smelled great. My tortillas and food were good. The coffee was piping hot and flavorful.

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    Sun 9 am - 3 pm
    Mon - Sat 9 am - 5 pm

    Reloj 37, Centro,
    San Miguel de Allende 37729, Mexico

    (415) 152 2332

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  • Glenn Wilson
    July 11, 2019

    Gallery rescues Mexican folk art in San Miguel
    It's said that if you're not an artist, when you visit San Miguel de Allende it will be. In the same way, when you enter the Atotonilco Gallery by Mayer Shacter, when you leave, you will be a great admirer of Mexican art.

    Shacter, a former potter from Berkeley, California, who has lived in Mexico since 2003, is much more than the curator of the gallery. Travel to the remotest corners of the country to meet artists and learn about their art. Then he brings his works to his gallery and instructs his clients. ...

    His favorites include ceramics from Tonalá, Jalisco. He is very enthusiastic about the work of Gerónimo Ramos, one of the few artisans who still produce cetatillo cetatillo, with luminous yellow backgrounds and shaded with stripes, which look like a palm mat or mat. The narrower the stripes, the thinner the piece. These works require a certain type of clay to generate a smooth surface to paint. Above the stripes, the artist usually paints images in white, green and cream. One of the most frequent is the nagual, a mythical creature, half human and half animal. Then the piece has to be baked twice to have brightness.

    Gallery rescues Mexican folk art in San Miguel


    Descubriendo Galeria Atotonilco Parte 1. English with Spanish subtitles.

    Deepen your appreciation of Mexican culture with an experience that will be an enduring source of delight. Take home an exceptional piece of art available only in this Mexican folk art and antiques gallery.

    Gallery owner Mayer Shacter shares his knowledge and stories freely, having traveled all over México to select each item. He brings over fifty years of experience as a collector, dealer, and ceramic artist.

    Every purchase supports a hardworking, talented family of artists and helps to preserve Mexico’s distinctive culture.
    Galería Atotonilco

    Galería Atotonilco

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